Report: Electoral Alliances Shaping, Five-Party Coalition Excludes LF, Kataeb


Hizbullah has been reportedly “taking all positive steps towards Prime Minister Saad Hariri” and “giving him a push” to practice his role as premier in response to Saudi Arabia's latest stance when “it tried to impose a “fait accompli” and force the PM to resign,” Ad Diyar daily reported Tuesday.

Based on this, electoral alliances for the 2018 parliamentary elections have started taking shape and “consultations began between five political parties including Hizbullah, AMAL Movement, the Free Patriotic Movement, the Progressive Socialist party and al-Mustaqbal Movement,” according to the daily.

The “five-party alliance is expected to form joint electoral lists in different electoral districts in Lebanon, but would exclude the Lebanese Forces and the Kataeb party. It is not unlikely for head of Mustaqbal, PM Saad Hariri, to isolate the LF from the alliance,” it added.

The daily expected said alliance “to garner a majority of 75 to 80 votes in the Parliament out of 128 deputies.”

On the other hand, the “Lebanese Forces are preparing to confront said coalition,” it added.

Therefore, it is likely for head of the LF Samir Geagea to ask the LF ministers to “withdraw from the Cabinet” a couple of months before the elections start in order to “form an opposition front against the alliance,” according to Diyar.

The LF is gearing up for its electoral campaign based on that, said the daily, although a meeting with the Kataeb party has not yet taken place nor has it been learned if an alliance between the two parties will happen in the upcoming months.

“Electoral ties and cooperation have grown stronger between President Michel Aoun (FPM founder) and Speaker Nabih Berri (head of AMAL). This led to rapprochement between the two who are expected to wage the May 2018 in joint electoral lists with Hizbullah as well,” it concluded.

Comments 4
Thumb s.o.s 13 December 2017, 14:00

Let's find out if Hariri will be backstabbing the spirit of M14.

Thumb hakwaji 13 December 2017, 15:44

he already did.

Thumb s.o.s 13 December 2017, 21:07

i know this, he betrayed every single person! what I meant is to find out if he'd repeat the betrayal in 2018.

Thumb gma-bs-artist. 13 December 2017, 16:01

So much bull from ad-Diyar. I'd believe this story if the election was going to be held under the previous majoritarian system. The new electoral system simply is not conducive to electoral alliances as even two candidates, from the same party and on the same ticket, will be pushing and shoving each others to accumulate the largest percentage of votes so they can end up at the head of the ticket. It's the only way they can assure they are elected. The remaining candidates on that ticket will have to rely on the "sawt el tafdili" and the proportional vote to find their fate. After the elections are over and the dust settle then they can start talking about alliances.